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grief resources | crisis hotlines

Reach out to these regional and national organizations if you are in distress and need crisis support, or you need bereavement support for your grief.

The information listed below is provided for educational and informational purposes only and is not an endorsement of any of the organizations cited.

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emergency situation

NATIONAL: If you or someone you know are in immediate danger, call or text 9-1-1.

crisis intervention

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NATIONAL: Crisis Text Line provides free mental health texting service through confidential crisis intervention via SMS messaging, 24 hours a day.

Text: "HELLO" to 741741

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WA STATE: Crisis Connections 24-Hour Crisis Line provides immediate help to individuals, families, and friends of people in emotional distress, including linking residents to emergency mental health services in your local county.

Phone: 1-866-427-4747


suicide crisis

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NATIONAL: The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

Phone: 1-800-273-8255

teens in crisis

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WA STATE: TeenLink provides unconditional, confidential support for teens, their friends and families with a crisis line manned by trained teens.
Lines open: Mon to Fri - 2pm to 10pm & Sat & Sun - 6pm to 10pm

Phone & Text:  1-866-833-6546



ORE STATE: YouthLine's teen volunteers listen non-judgmentally and validate teen callers sharing their issues, no matter how big or small.
Lines open: Teens: 4pm to 10pm PST. Adults answer calls at all other times.
Phone: 1-877.968.8491
Text: teen2teen to 839863


substance abuse or mental health crisis


NATIONAL: SAMHSA's National Helpline provides free, 24-hour, confidential treatment referral and information services for mental and substance use disorders, prevention, and recovery. 

Phone: 1-800-662-HELP (4357) 

TTY: 1-800-487-4889


veterans & service members in crisis

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​FOR U.S. MILITARY PERSONNEL and their FAMILIES: Connect with caring, qualified responders with the Department of Veterans Affairs, many of them veterans themselves.

Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and press 1

Text:    838255

TTY:    1-800-799-4889​

b e r e a v e m e n t   s u p p o r t

grief counseling line

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NATIONAL: Contra Costa is committed to providing a safe and supportive environment for people who are grieving the death of a significant other with a 24-hour phone counseling service.

Phone: 1-800-837-1818 

baby loss 

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NATIONAL: First Candle provides parents grieving a Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) or other sleep-related infant death with 7/24 phone counselors.

Phone: 1-800-221-7437​​

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drunken or drugged driving death

NATIONAL: MADD Victim Services provides emotional support plus no-cost legal and advocacy assistance to victims and survivors of a drunk or drugged driving crash 24-hours a day, 7 days a week

Phone: 1-877.MADD.HELP (1-877-623-3435)

homicide death

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NATIONAL: The VictimConnect Resource Center is a referral helpline where families of crime victims and survivors can learn about their rights and options confidentially and compassionately.

Lines Open: Monday to Friday, 9am to 5pm ET

Phone: 1-855-484-2846


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suicide death

NATIONAL: Friends for Survival is a bereavement outreach organization supporting family and friends grieving a suicide death. Their 800 number is a warm line, available to anyone nation-wide, manned by paid, trained staff.

Lines open: 7 days a week; if no answer, leave a message & you will be called back

Phone: 1-800-646-7322

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